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Sarah Abood

Assistant Professor   |   DVM, PhD


Following my veterinary training, I completed a one-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. Under the guidance of Dr. Tony Buffington at The Ohio State University, I completed a clinical nutrition residency and PhD. From 1994 to 1999 I worked as a nutrition scientist at the Ralston Purina Company, followed by a 16-year stint at Michigan State University as Assistant Dean for Student Programs and the small animal clinical nutritionist.  I joined the Clinical Studies Department at the University of Guelph in June 2018 where my focus is providing nutrition consultations for in-hospital patients, teaching nutrition to veterinary students, and collaborating on nutrition projects with faculty and graduate students.

Research Interests

My research interests include nutrition support of hospitalized patients, obesity prevention and management, communication skill building, client adherence, alternative diets, veterinary ethics and welfare issues, and business skills and professional development.

Selected Publications

Mazaki-Tovi, M., Abood, SK, Kol A, Farkas, A, Scheck, PA. Increased serum concentrations of adiponectin in canine hypothyroidism. The Veterinary Journal, 203:253-255; 2015.

Grand, JA, Lloyd JW, Ilgen DR, Abood SK and Sonea IM. A Measure of and Predictors for Veterinarian Trust Developed with Veterinary Students in a Simulated Companion Animal Practice. JAVMA, 242:322-334; 2013.

Abood, SK and Siegford, JM. Student Perceptions of an Animal-Welfare and Ethics Course Taught Early in the Veterinary Curriculum. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 39:136-140; 2012.

Mazaki-Tovi, M, Abood, SK and Schenck, PA. Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Serum Concentrations of Adipokines in Healthy Cats. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 72:1259- 1265; 2011.

Holahan M, Abood S, Hauptman J, Koenigsknecht C, and Brown A. Intermittent and Continuous Enteral Nutrition in Critically Ill Dogs: A Prospective Randomized trial. J Vet Intern Med, 24:520- 526; 2010.

Abood SK. Teaching and Assessing Nutrition Competence in a Changing Curricular Environment. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35(2):81-287, 2008.

Laflamme DP, Abood SK, Fascetti, AJ, et al. Pet feeding practices among dog and cat owners in the United States and Australia. JAVMA, 232:687-694; 2008.